The Landmark Theatre opened as Loew's State Theatre on February 18, 1928 and was rescued from the wrecking ball in 1977. While the house was in relatively good shape when I was there, the backstage area had received very little attention. What few house lighting instruments were available were controlled by "Old Sparky,", a venerable old multi-scene rack from the '30s. With most of the larger shows going into a newer house across town, the Landmark is a graceful old dowager whose charm has outlived her allure.
In the end, all solutions are temporary. (Garrison Keillor)